IBM’s actual work on Linux in the 2000s wasn’t a philanthropic exercise - it gave IBM something vital in selling its x86 servers. It freed Big Blue from relying on single supplier Microsoft. IBM improvements to Linux and IBM server sales drove customer demand, which then drove improvements to Linux. Linux unhooked the enterprise data centre from its reliance on Windows and saw companies run both OSes.
Some of you might not know this, but Android is actually based on the Linux kernel, although the Google developers are releasing it with a modified version of the kernel. This has been the case right from the beginning and the Android source has been released under a number of open source pieces of software.
This doesn't mean that any company can get the source code and start shipping devices with the OS just because it is open source. The problem is a little more complicated than this and it has to do with the type of license. The source code may be open source, but if you plan to make money off it you will need to cut Google a part of your pie, if by any chance you are going to also use services like Gmail or any other proprietary software.
LXLE, or Lubuntu Extra Life Extension Paradigm, is a distribution that is usually based only on the LTS (long term support) releases of Lubuntu, which means that these builds are pretty rare. The developers’ goal is to provide a very stable system that features support for a very long time, in this case for three years
If you have a machine with slow hard disks and fast SSDs, and you want to use the SSDs to act as fast persistent caches to speed up access to the hard disk, then until recently you had three choices: bcache and dm-cache are both upstream, or Flashcache/EnhanceIO. Flashcache is not upstream. dm-cache required you to first sit down with a calculator to compute block offsets. bcache was the sanest of the three choices.
But recently LVM has added caching support (built on top of dm-cache), so in theory you can take your existing logical volumes and convert them to be cached devices.
A penetration test, or the short form pentest, is an attack on a computer system with the intention of finding security weaknesses, potentially gaining access to it, its functionality and data. A Penetration Testing Linux is a special built Linux distro that can be used for analyzing and evaluating security measures of a target system.
LXLE is yet another Linux distribution that targets old/slow/aging PCs. LXLE 14.04 is now in beta and at its heart is powered by Ubuntu 14.04 with the LXDE desktop environment.
LXLE 14.04 Beta uses Lubuntu 14.04 as its base (the LXDE version of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS) while adding TLP by default for power management, improvements to the LXDE desktop components, and features other reported improvements to make this distribution supposedly better for old and slow PCs.
The Neo900 project remains an effort to provide a motherboard replacement for the once-popular Nokia N900 smart-phone while carrying on the tradition of the OpenMoko project.
The Neo900 project has been talked about for many months and there's finally some new news... It turns out the Neo900 is making some progress but Golden Delicious Computers is stepping down from their role and issuing refunds as it's cancelled the project, meanwhile there's a new organization to take its place. The developers say Golden Delicious Computers cancelling the project "[fixes] the organizational structure issues and move everything forward."
The Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer. Tiny Core Linux is a tiny operating system designed to offer the bare minimum you need to get started while taking up as little disk space as possible. Seem like a match made in heaven? The folks behind Tiny Core thought so too… this year they launched a version of their operating system called PiCore which is designed to run on the Raspberry Pi.